If losing quarterback Seth Russell isn't a playoff-killing injury, maybe the absence of star defensive tackle Andrew Billings.
Fortunately for the Baylor Bears, it appears they won't have to find out. The 6-foot-2, 310-pound All-Big 12 lineman and All-America candidate should be ready to play in No. 2 Baylor's next game on Nov. 5 at Kansas State.
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Billings, tied for second on the Bears defense last year with 12 tackles for loss and already has nine this season, left in the third quarter against Kansas on Oct. 10 with an ankle injury. X-rays determined he sustained a sprain. He played the next week against West Virginia, but did not play last week against Iowa State.
At the time of the injury, when Baylor coach Art Briles received word that Billings didn't break a bone, he said: "If it's not broken, he'll be ready for the stretch run."
He was right.